Less people than you might think regularly have their children in car seats or booster seats. Consider the following nationwide statistics from 2013:

  • 17% of all children between the ages of 1 to 3 (who should be in a rear-facing car seat) are either unrestrained or improperly restrained:
    – Booster seat — 9%
    – Seat belt — 3%
    – Unrestrained — 5%
  • 33% of all children 4 to 7 years old are not properly restrained:
    – 24% — prematurely graduated to seat belts
    – 9% — unrestrained
  • 11% of all children who weigh less than 20 pounds are either placed in a forward-facing car seat or are unrestrained.
  • 42% of children weighing 20 to 40 pounds are not properly restrained in forward-facing car seats:
    – 21% — Booster seats
    – 9% — Rear-facing car seats
    – o6% — Seat belts
    – 6% — unrestrained
  • There is no significant difference in the percentage of children who are properly restrained, based on their gender.

(Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2013 Survey of the Use of Booster Seats).